2007 Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Lawrence Bender
Lawrence Bender Productions, Film Producer

Lawrence BenderLawrence Bender, renowned producer and political activist, boasts an illustrious career spanning more than twenty years in the entertainment industry. His films to date, among them influential mega-hits Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, Anna and the King, Jackie Brown, and Reservoir Dogs, have been honored with nineteen Academy Award nominations, including two for Best Picture.

Bender’s most recent film, An Inconvenient Truth, weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's lifelong dedication to reversing the effects of global climate change. An environmental advocate, Bender along with his team worked with director Davis Guggenheim to produce this gripping and engaging rallying cry that calls for all Americans to protect the earth we share.

Prior to An Inconvenient Truth, Bender’s Innocent Voices was released in October 2005. The film, inspired by a true story, chronicles the experiences of 11-year-old Chava, who loses his innocence during the War in El Salvador in the early 1980s. Innocent Voices represented Mexico for the Academy Awards and received the 2005 Producers’ Guild Stanley Kramer Award as well as the National Board of Review’s Freedom and Expression Award in January 2006.

Bender was nominated for a Producer’s Guild Award and a Golden Satellite Award for the 1998 film Good Will Hunting, which received a total of nine nominations and won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.

Pulp Fiction, which received seven Academy Award nominations, including a win for Best Screenplay, marked Bender’s second collaboration with Quentin Tarantino. The film was also nominated for a Producers Guild Award, a BAFTA Award for Best Film, and won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and Palme d’Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.

Bender and Tarantino first teamed on Reservoir Dogs, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, in 1992. The film also won Italy’s Raymond Chandler Award and was voted Best Picture by the Australian Film Critics. In addition to executive producing Tarantino’s and Robert Rodriquez’s From Dusk Till Dawn, Bender produced Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, for which Robert Forster earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Bender holds the distinction of being the only producer to have two films in simultaneous competition at the Berlin Film Festival: Good Will Hunting and Jackie Brown.

Bender’s other producing credits include Havana Nights: Dirty Dancing 2 starring Luna and Romola Garai; Knockaround Guys starring John Malkovitch, Dennis Hopper and Vin Diesel; The Mexican with Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini; Anna and the King, which starred Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat and was nominated for two Academy Awards for costume and production design; A Price Above Rubies; White Man’s Burden; Killing Zoe and Fresh, which was in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival.

In television, Bender has produced for all the major broadcast and cable networks, including Dr. Vegas, starring Rob Lowe, Joey Pantoliano and Tom Sizemore, for CBS, and The Legend of Earthsea for the Sci-Fi Channel in association with Hallmark Entertainment. The four-hour miniseries starring Isabella Rosellini and Danny Glover aired in December 2004 and was Sci-Fi Channel’s most watched show of the year. Bender was also nominated for a GLAAD Award as executive producer for MTV’s Anatomy of a Hate Crime, about the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Bender began his production career as a production assistant at the American Film Institute in 1985. Three years later, he made his producing debut on the horror film The Intruder, on which he shared story credits with writer/director Scott Spiegel. In addition to his feature film and television work, Bender has enjoyed success in producing commercials and music videos with his production company, A Band Apart.

Bender is also a passionate social and political activist. In 2003, Bender co-founded the Detroit Project, targeting the gas-guzzling SUV. He also traveled to the Middle East with the Israeli Policy Forum. While there, Bender met with members of the Keneset in Israel, with President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and with the Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

Bender is a member of the Executive Forum for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), sits on the Board of Trustees of the Israel Policy Forum (IPF) and is a member of the Pacific Council. He is also on the Advisory Board to the Dean at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and serves on the board of The Creative Coalition. He is a recent recipient of the Torch of Liberty Award from the ACLU and spends much of his time throwing fundraisers for political and social causes in Los Angeles, where he calls home.

 

Gary M. JohnsonGary M. Johnson, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research
Office of Science, US Department of Energy

Within the Office of Science, Dr. Johnson is currently responsible for developing collaborative research activities based on computational science. He was instrumental in structuring DOE’s global climate modeling and computational biology research partnerships. He is now exploring the establishment of additional partnerships in advanced nuclear energy systems, subsurface sciences, and alternative energy & energy efficiency. Dr. Johnson is also responsible for liaison activities related to high performance computing and its applications, between the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and its Japanese research institution partner, Riken, and other Asian and European organizations.

Dr. Johnson’s career spans more than 40 years and includes: development of novel algorithms for the numerical simulation of complex phenomena and the solution of computationally-intensive problems; management of high performance computing, applied mathematics, and computational science research activities; advocacy, development, and management of high performance computing centers; development of education and research programs in computational engineering and science; and national science and technology policy development.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy; holds advanced degrees from Caltech and the von Karman Institute; and has a Ph.D. in applied sciences from the University of Brussels.

 

Kelly KingKelly King
Vice President
Pacific Biodiesel, Inc.

Kelly King is currently the Vice President and Director of Marketing and Communications for Pacific Biodiesel. A Maui resident for 26 years, Kelly co-founded the biodiesel company with her husband Robert King in 1996. Pacific Biodiesel was created to help alleviate the disposal of waste cooking oil at the island’s landfill and became the first commercial retail biodiesel company in the United States. Together with Daryl Hannah and Willie and Annie Nelson, Kelly co-founded the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a non-profit organization that seeks to develop standards and criteria, as well as verification protocol, for sustainable biodiesel practices.

Kelly has held several volunteer positions in the community, the most recent being as president of the Board of Directors at Hui Malama Learning Center. Prior to that, she was elected and served as the Maui District representative on the Hawaii State Board of Education for four years. She has also been on the Maui County Council of Boy Scouts’ Board of Directors, the Decisions Maui Implementation Steering Committee, the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee, and has been actively involved with many other community projects and organizations. She was named SBA Small Business Person of the Year for 2005. She also received the 2005 BlueSky Award from United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Schenzhen, China.

Kelly’s biggest current project with Pacific Biodiesel involves developing an expansive project to test biodiesel fuel crops in Hawaii. To this end, she created the Biodiesel Consortium of Hawaii, an informal working group which has brought industry, researchers, farmers and government entities together to share ideas and support each others efforts. In addition, working through Clean Cities Honolulu, Kelly was recently instrumental in securing an EPA grant to test selected crop species for their biodiesel potential. Other marketing successes of late include the recent openings of biodiesel pumps at two Union 76 stations on Oahu.

 

S. Yunkap KwankamS. Yunkap Kwankam, Ph.D.
Coordinator eHealth,
World Health Organization,
Geneva, Switzerland

S. Yunkap Kwankam holds the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering., and was elected to the following American honor associations; Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering) and Sigma Xi (Research). He is currently Coordinator eHealth, at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, where he is responsible for overall coordination of eHealth work across the Organization. In this role, he oversees a number of WHO programs on the use of ICT in health. His work covers issues such as development of appropriate frameworks and tools to support policy and practice improvements in ICT-based knowledge management and sharing in countries; creation of, and support to, networks to assist countries in building national capacity for effective and efficient use of ICT in their health systems; and development of the evidence base and best practices in the area. He also directs the development of new policies and their implementation and provides authoritative advice in relation to policy and procedures as they relate to eHealth.

Before coming to WHO in 2001, he was Professor and Director, Center for Health Technology, University of Yaounde I. He has also been Chairman, Technology Commission of the National Epidemiology Board of Cameroon; member, Board of Directors, SatelLife,; IT consultant to the NLM, and consultant to UNIDO on information systems. Prof. Kwankam has published 2 commissioned books, numerous scientific papers and technical reports. He is Chair of the Asia-European Meeting (ASEM) Working Group on eHealth.
 

Seong K. MunSeong K. Mun, Ph.D.
Director of the Imaging Science and Information System (ISIS) Research Center
Georgetown University Medical Center

Seong K. Mun, Ph.D., Professor of Radiology, is Director of the Imaging Science and Information System (ISIS) Research Center, Georgetown University Medical Center. Established in the 1980s to develop the picture archiving and teleradiology capabilities for the US Army, the ISIS Center has grown to approximately 60 faculty and staff who pursue research and development in imaging, informatics, medical robotics, and global disease surveillance. Dr. Mun’s research deals with the role of imaging and information technology in variety of healthcare settings such as diagnostic imaging, chronic illness management, home monitoring, telemedicine, disease surveillance, surgical instrumentation, and cancer therapy. As the Associate Vice President of Georgetown University Medical Center, he is responsible to developing strategic programs such as the Georgetown Biosecurity Institute, the Joint Center for Drug Development, and special projects of interest to the U.S. Congress. Dr. Mun received his doctoral degree in physics for his research in the biophysical properties of hemoglobin at the State University of New York, Albany. His postdoctoral fellowships include training in medical physics at the University of Colorado Medical Center and MRI contrast development research training in Dr. Lauterbur’s lab at the SUNY, Stony Brook. In the early 80’s, he led the development of one of the first high field whole body MRI systems at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

 

C. Barry RaleighC. Barry Raleigh, Ph.D.
Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute,
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Dr. Raleigh’s scientific career has included laboratory work showing how deep earthquakes originate, and how the earth’s mantle flows plastically. His most notable achievement was at an oil field at Rangely, Colorado where he and his team were able to control previously occurring earthquakes by varying the fluid pressure in the reservoir rocks. As Director of Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, he founded their Climate Research Center in 1982, started the IODP well-logging center at Lamont, founded the Continental Drilling Program and initiated the Greenland ice coring program. He came to Hawaii in 1989 to become the first Dean of the University’s new School of Ocean, Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). SOEST has since become the third largest such institution in the U.S. It has brought more than $600 million of federal research grants to Hawaii, by far the largest of any institution in the University. His work on renewable energy is devoted to developing the technology for growing marine algae as an energy crop and as a means of sequestering carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
 

Chunyan ZhouChunyan Zhou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Shenyang University

Dr. Chunyan Zhou is associate professor at the Shenyang University business school in China. She has a B.S in physics, a master's degree in science education from Liaoning Normal University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy of science and technology at the STS Center of Northeastern University.

Her book, Transforming from Science to Technology: The Scientific Basis in Technology Time (Northeastern University Press, 2002, Shenyang) was awarded the first prize for young researchers by the Research Association of Dialectics of Nature in China. The work proposed a “science and technology field concept” to shed light on the relationship between science and technology, especially in contemporary society. She also translated and published University-Industry-Government Triple Helix (Henry Etzkowitz, East Press, China, 2005) as well as Pasteur's Quadrant Basic Science And Technological Innovation (Donald E. Stoke, Science Press, Beijing, 1999]. Since 1998, she has published more than twenty papers and held five programs in science policy and management.

In 2001, she worked on a research project at STS center of Tsinghua University as a visiting scholar. During 2004-2005, she was a visiting scholar at the STS Program at Stanford University. She has contributed to the paper “Triple Helix Twins: Innovation and Sustainability” with Dr. Henry Etzkowitz as a coauthor. Her research interest is now in Innovation Theory and Practice, both in the East and West, especially within the University-Industry-Government Triple Helix Model for innovation, including the relationship between universities and industry and the university’s status and role in regional and industrial innovation. So far, she has already published over 30 papers, including those published in leading academic Journals.